Recycler of the Year Award Nominations

WSRA presents annual Recycler of the Year (ROY) awards to spotlight individuals, businesses, government agencies and community organizations that are making outstanding contributions to strengthening and expanding recycling and waste prevention practices across the state. View our 2020 Recipients HERE  and our archived award winners HERE.


Nominations for our 2021 Recycler of the Year Awards & Hall of Fame are being accepted!

Nominations are due by 5:00pm on January 15, 2021.

Please email your nomination form to

WSRA welcomes nominations of individuals and organizations that have demonstrated noteworthy dedication, innovation and success in recycling initiatives across the state. A committee of recycling professionals and community members reviews nominations and selects Recyclers of the Year award recipients, whose accomplishments are featured during the awards banquet at the 2020 WSRA annual conference in May.


Recycler of the Year Categories

Recycling Hall of Fame: An individual who has made outstanding long-term (15-20 year) contributions to recycling in Washington.

Individual: An individual whose actions have significantly furthered recycling and waste prevention beyond the normal scope of their responsibilities.

Business Generator: A company whose primary business is not recycling that demonstrates outstanding accomplishments in recycling and waste prevention.

Higher Education Institution: An institution of higher education (college, university, secondary school or school district) that demonstrates outstanding accomplishments in recycling.

Innovation: Exceptional creativity in promoting waste prevention and recycling.

Institution: An institution that demonstrates significant accomplishments in recycling and waste prevention

Non-profit: A non-profit agency that demonstrates significant accomplishments in recycling and waste prevention.

Nucor Steel Recycling Business: A recycling company or organization whose work and/or innovation have furthered and improved recycling in Washington.

Public Agency: A public agency that creates programs that effectively increase recycling and waste prevention.

Public Education: Outstanding accomplishments in educating the general public about recycling and waste prevention.

Youth Education: Outstanding success in promoting youth involvement in recycling and waste prevention.

Other: A category not listed above that best suits the nominee’s accomplishments in promoting waste prevention and recycling.

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